Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University students, faculty and staff contributed more than 11,450 volunteer hours this year in the greater Huntington and Fort Wayne communities.
“It’s part of who we are as an institution. It’s a reflection of our Christ-centered values,” said Grace McBrayer, director of first year students and volunteer services at Huntington University.
Huntington University’s Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service tracks the hours that are volunteered by the campus at locations such as Youth for Christ, Huntington Kid's Club, the Love Church in Fort Wayne, the Adopt a Grandparent program, Habitat for Humanity and Volunteer 911, which is an on-campus ministry to provide assistance to the community by filling requests ranging from baby sitting to yard work and home maintenance. Students, faculty and staff also volunteer each semester during the fall and spring work days. Spring break and fall break trips also contribute to this count.
The Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service is a student-directed organization that mobilizes the campus community for Christian service. It was founded in 1992 through a grant. Each year, more than 70 percent of resident students are involved in some form of volunteer service.
“Volunteering can be something that gives life to you instead of draining life from you,” McBrayer said. “That’s what we want to teach our students.”
For more information about the Joe Mertz Center, visit www.huntington.edu/JMC.